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Erwin Lutzer
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Date Show Title
Apr
19
2021
In the garden of Eden, an infection entered humanity. That infection has since spread to every one of us. The infection is sin, which means “missing the mark” of God’s standards, and we are unable to correct or repair this sinful state on our own. The book of Romans teaches us there are only two kinds of people in the world—those in Adam or those in Christ. Which are you?  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Apr
16
2021
There’s more to being saved than most people realize. It involves being given a series of wonderful gifts from the hand of God. And those gifts include the trials we experience, trials that produce perseverance, character, and hope, all wrapped up in the love of God. Jesus didn’t come to simply give us Heaven in the afterlife, but to offer us hope in this present life.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Apr
15
2021
Hopelessness and despair are rampant. In a recent year, almost 37,000 Americans saw no way out of their misery, and then committed suicide. They saw ending life as their only escape. But one of the great blessings God offers to those who believe in Jesus is hope—a hope that Paul says, “does not disappoint.” Do you have peace with yourself, your community, and with God?  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Apr
14
2021
When Paul wrote to the people of Rome, he gave conclusive evidence that no ritual can bring salvation. He let his Jewish readers know that their father Abraham was not justified through circumcision or law-keeping but rather through faith. Similarly, we might be tempted to believe that religiosity can save us, but these rituals are empty if they aren’t grounded in the promises of God in Christ.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Apr
13
2021
Faith can destroy you if it is not based on the truth. Faith in the wrong place is worse than no faith at all, because it creates false confidence in empty promises. And when it comes to salvation, the last thing we need is false confidence. Is your faith a true faith, based on the true Jesus, and founded on the true Word of God?  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Apr
12
2021
The slightest trace of sin will disqualify you from the presence of God forever. Martin Luther understood this and therefore spent hours each day confessing his sins. But even then, he knew that constant confession wasn’t enough. Luther found salvation by reading the book of Romans, and he used his newfound faith to call the Church back to a biblical understanding of salvation.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Apr
9
2021
The book of Romans has played a major role in world history. By reading its pages a man came to faith in Christ, a man whose actions began a tidal wave of spiritual power across Europe and around the whole world. His name was Martin Luther, and he was desperate to know how he could be right before a holy God. In this message we’ll begin tracing his story through the Protestant Reformation.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Apr
8
2021
Paul’s reasoning is complex, but clear. He proves that all of us are under a just condemnation for sin, but that all who believe in Jesus are rescued from that condemnation and given a robe of righteousness by God Himself. This is the best news anyone has ever heard. Despite what pluralism teaches us, no one ever gets to heaven without the righteousness of Jesus.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Apr
7
2021
Romans chapter three builds a case for the revolutionary idea that God demands perfect righteousness from us. All of us have sinned, and God’s wrath against sin is enormous and should never be underestimated. But God supplies what He demands by conferring the righteousness of Jesus on those who believe. This gift is called justification.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Apr
6
2021
Our best attempts at goodness will never please God, who sees every act of human goodness as a filthy rag, compared to His own righteousness. Even the best of lives—filled with charity, philanthropy, and service—is tainted and unsuitable for entrance into heaven. Only God has a plan that will save us and take away the stain of our sinful natures and attempts for self-salvation.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Apr
5
2021
It’s clear the Apostle Paul knew nothing of political correctness. He catalogs the depth of human depravity in chapter three of the book of Romans. It’s a list many would argue with, but an accurate list, nonetheless. Unless we are prepared to see our true condition, we will never understand how desperately we need the grace of God as revealed in Jesus Christ.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Apr
2
2021
Some people will tell a falsehood, saying to themselves, “it’s only a little white lie.” But to God, it’s a sin, and sin is never a good idea, no matter what good we think may come from it. In this message we continue our journey through Romans chapter three, where we lose the hypocrisy and become real people, truly clean from the inside out  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Apr
1
2021
To some degree, everyone projects an outward appearance that may not square with inner reality. Regarding salvation, it’s easy to make yourself and others believe that all is well when it’s far from well. Even though you might have all the advantages of religion, you’re not necessarily approved by God. So how does God deliver us from our temptations of hypocrisy?  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Mar
31
2021
When we adopt an aura of religious respectability, it’s amazing what dark secrets lie beneath the surface where no one can see. We deceive ourselves and say God makes an exception for us, but not for them. Join us as we learn more about identifying our deceptions.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Mar
30
2021
Religion can prevent people from understanding the truth about themselves. Religion can breed the pride that says, “I’m okay.” In Romans chapter two, Paul addresses the religious elite of his day, and shows how ceremony and ritual had insulated them from God’s analysis of their hearts. Self-deception is especially deep when expressed in religious terms. In this message we discover why we need rescuing so badly.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Mar
29
2021
In Romans chapter one, Paul reveals that fallen mankind suppresses the truth, darkening their minds and committing moral perversion, all the while thinking that they’re more enlightened than those who came before them. You can be wrong about politics. You can be wrong about philosophy. But don’t be wrong about the message given in the book of Romans.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Mar
26
2021
Reading the book of Romans is like shining a light into darkness. In its pages we see ourselves as we really are. We find that, apart from God’s grace, we are capable of awful things. In fact, we’re morally bankrupt compared to our Creator. In this message we probe the darkness of the human heart, and the amazing light God shines into those hearts that come to believe in Jesus.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Mar
25
2021
When a man is clinging to a life preserver, he knows he needs help. He knows he is not self-sufficient. But in today’s culture, many people get offended if you tell them there’s nothing they can do to make themselves look good before a holy God. The gospel tells us how God set out to rescue those that believe in His Son from spiritual death. Do you know how badly we need that rescue?  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Mar
24
2021
If you’re tossed overboard into a stormy sea, the most important thing on your mind is being rescued. Humanity is drowning in the stormy sea of sin, and even though most don’t realize it, they’re headed for an eternal death. Sinners need outside help, and so God has put in place a rescue plan from heaven—a plan outlined in the book of Romans.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Mar
23
2021
Jesus once spoke of a coming judgment of the nations designed to separate the sheep from the goats. When He spoke of this in Matthew 25, He made it clear that there are only two destinies for any of us. In this message we learn more about the future, and why today is the day to believe on Christ.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Mar
22
2021
On our plane of existence things are clearly a mess. Aren’t you glad there’s Someone in charge who lives on another plane of existence? God's unseen Hand is guiding the forces of history toward His conclusion. And, through Bible prophecy, we can understand the last chapter of the story.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Mar
19
2021
The struggle over the public viewing of God’s law to man led to Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore being ousted from office—evidence that God is being systematically excluded from public life. In this message we learn more about the judgment of God on America.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Mar
18
2021
Many of us have the idea that God owes us His favor. After all, we’re Americans. But as we run the race of life, let’s ask ourselves if God owes us anything. After examining the evidence, we might conclude that what He owes us is judgment. In this message we consider what God thinks of the USA  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Mar
17
2021
The blessings of God are bestowed on people and nations that follow His commands. His judgment takes many forms, like natural disasters and the deprivation of personal freedoms. In this message we look at more forms of judgment that are very evident in America now.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Mar
16
2021
Few of us would make the wrath of God our first choice for a Bible study. Yet God’s prophets thundered words of His judgment to the people of their day. God’s warnings to the nations have not changed. All sin is judged immediately, but sometimes the consequences aren’t instant. Do you understand the wrath of God?  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Mar
15
2021
God will judge a nation for its unprincipled expansion, arrogance, and violence. But when it comes to America’s follies, our national sins include indifference to God and the acceptance of witchcraft and false religiosity. We need to take a hard look at the real prospect of God’s judgment over our country. He will not overlook the sins of America today.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Mar
12
2021
Sometimes it seems that the bad guys keep winning. Terrorism and mayhem are everywhere. Some ask: “Is God still in control?” But we must remember that justice delayed is not justice denied. There will be a day of reckoning for both men and nations. God doesn’t ignore national sins and will hold a country accountable for its actions and attitudes.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Mar
11
2021
As we wrestle with the mystery of God’s hidden will, we must acknowledge His sovereign control of history. Sometimes He uses the bad guys to judge the good guys. While God’s providence may seem to be counterproductive or even against our desires, we must trust that He loves us and has our best in mind. Do you trust His purposes to be right—no matter what?  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Mar
10
2021
Some think random chance dictates what happens on planet earth. But believers have this perspective: The Bible reveals God as more than just a bystander. He actively determines the fates of nations. God superintends what we consider history; and ultimately nations rise and fall at God’s will.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Mar
9
2021
Origins are important and that’s why God recorded the beginnings of human history in the book of Genesis. Here we find out where we came from as members of the world's nations, descendants of three of Noah’s sons. But why did God scatter the nations? What was God’s purpose in dispersing the people throughout the earth?  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Mar
8
2021
Terrorism. Famines. Assassinations. What does God have to do with the events we read about in our newspaper? When things seem to slip out of control, don't forget this: The God who made the nations is moving them into position for the climax of this present age.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Mar
5
2021
As radical Islam partners with the radical left in America, the net effect is the ultimate destruction of all we hold dear. These are perilous times, and we must be determined to not be silenced. Will we compromise or confront this problem?  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Mar
4
2021
Incalculable damage is being done to the next generation as our kids are sexualized at ever younger ages. Hitler said, "he who owns the children owns the future." Today's culture knows this. That's why they create sexual confusion, control local education, and compel allegiance to the transgender, gay, and socialist agendas.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Mar
3
2021
The American ideal of free speech is in tatters. Now, it's only free if you agree with the mainstream media. Freedom is in mortal danger even when we worship, as police knock on church doors like they did in Nazi Germany.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Mar
2
2021
The culture is too far gone to reclaim, and even the church is buying into a decaying culture. But we can still reclaim the church by turning to God in repentance and faith. We can either respond courageously to our culture’s assault on Christianity or we can fall complicit to its moral decay.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Mar
1
2021
To maintain a clear conscience, we need to be vigilant against the works of darkness that may find their way into our lives. That’s why Paul told the Ephesian believers to “walk as children of light.”  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Feb
26
2021
Maintaining a clear conscience is not what the devil has in mind for the children of God. He tells lies in order to return us to the bondage of a defiled conscience. How can we combat those lies and walk in victory?  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Feb
25
2021
Making things right with someone you have wronged, or someone who has wronged you, is not easy. But when things are right, the joy overwhelms even long years of pain.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Feb
24
2021
Once you’ve given up your bitterness against someone else, how do you repair the breach in your relationship? Many people live in a tangled web of hurt and alienation, and bridges need to be built to make things right.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Feb
23
2021
Letting go of bitterness means forgiving those who have wronged you. This is indeed a bitter pill for many, who hold onto their anger until their knuckles turn white. But even in our reluctance, there is a practical side to forgiving people.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Feb
22
2021
It’s like a cancer that spreads everywhere in the body. Bitterness can destroy your joy and make you quite unpleasant to be around. Let’s examine the roots of bitterness and see how to uproot it from your life for good.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Feb
19
2021
Here’s some good news: the righteousness of God is bestowed on sinners who believe the gospel. We can’t ever be good enough to enter heaven, but our legal justification through Jesus Christ qualifies us for eternal life!  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Feb
18
2021
For over a thousand years, a key doctrine was hidden. It gives hope to the hopeless and life to the spiritually dead. That doctrine is justification by faith, rediscovered by Martin Luther in the 1500s. What does justification mean?  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Feb
17
2021
One of the most important Bible verses for having a clear conscience is 1 John 1:9. Let’s look at the process of daily confession of sin and how it keeps the way clear between us and God.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Feb
16
2021
When you have a clear conscience, it lifts a great weight off your back. Dread gives way to joy, and you can know you’re in fellowship with God Himself. How can we remain in that place of joy each and every day?  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Feb
15
2021
Those with addictions are usually blind to how addicted they really are. Denial goes hand in hand with any kind of addiction. Jesus had much to say to the religious leaders of His day about spiritual blindness, and we need to take His words to heart.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Feb
12
2021
Compulsive behaviors eventually become addictions. Whether it is drugs, alcohol, gambling or pornography, people can become trapped. The grace of God provides the way out that all of us need.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Feb
11
2021
Guilt and shame can drive people to kill themselves, as Lady Macbeth did in Shakespeare’s famous play. There is a way back from the precipice, and it’s found in the Word of God. What is the way God has provided to bring hope to the hopeless?  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Feb
10
2021
It’s tragic. All too many people find that the only way out of a miserable life is to end their lives through suicide. But no depression is so deep that any of us have to kill ourselves to stop it.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Feb
9
2021
When the conscience goes dead, a person quickly becomes a narcissist—totally self-absorbed. For those close to such a person, this makes life very difficult. How should we relate to a narcissist?  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Feb
8
2021
When we live or work with someone whose conscience is dead or defiled, the evil latent in every human heart is on full display. How do we cope with people who seem to be beyond hope? Let’s look into a hardened conscience and see how to handle it.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Feb
5
2021
When you bear shame for something you did not do, the shame is there nonetheless. Thankfully, the Bible gives us a way to be free of guilt we did not cause. Maintaining a clear conscience is possible!  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Feb
4
2021
Much of the shame we carry is our own doing: bad decisions, wrong choices, and the inevitable fallout. But sometimes we carry guilt for things that are not our doing. Let’s understand that distinction and get on the road toward a clear conscience.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Feb
3
2021
When sin entered the human race, our consciences were defiled. We all move into the shadows, hoping to hide from the consequences of what we’ve done. And when our deeds are exposed, our first instinct is to blame someone else.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Feb
2
2021
Deep in every human heart is a conscience: a sense of right and wrong that we cannot shake off. When our conscience is clear, we have freedom. When we violate it, we’re in bondage. Can we clean up our lives and our consciences?  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Feb
1
2021
We cannot win in life’s race without agreeing with God about our basic condition. We need His grace, not to supplement our goodness, but to save us from our depravity. In this message, we hear some straight talk about how badly we need the grace of God.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Jan
29
2021
Many philosophers believe that good and evil naturally coexist in humans, fighting for ultimate control. The Bible paints a different picture, one of a basic depravity that can only be remedied by the grace of God in Christ. In this message, we will see a big picture view of who we are, and how we can be made good in the eyes of God.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Jan
28
2021
Coming clean before God has infinite rewards, including being able to run life’s race without the weight of accumulated sin. In this message, we turn to the book of First John and learn what is involved in coming to the light.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Jan
27
2021
Under cover of darkness, criminals steal, kill and destroy. But the light cuts the darkness like a knife. It reveals that our hearts are full of deception, even if we are not convicted criminals. In this message, the light of God’s Word cuts through our illusions and shows us what God sees when He looks into our soul.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Jan
26
2021
Control freaks are obsessed with themselves. By subjugating others, they seek to elevate their own importance. Such people become evil, as did King Saul of Israel. In this message, we’ll trace the life of a man who would not let go of his kingdom.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Jan
25
2021
Some people are so consumed with their own importance that they seek to control the lives of those around them. In this message, we turn the light of Scripture on the lives of so-called “control freaks” by examining the life of King Saul of Israel.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Jan
22
2021
Addictive behavior always starts with small steps that lead to bigger steps. Soon, the addict is trapped. If you find yourself addicted to substances, or to destructive habits, there is a way to rejoin the race of life. In this message we’ll hear about the steps we can take to break free from addiction.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Jan
21
2021
Like those stuck in quicksand, runners in life’s race cannot win if they’re caught up in addictions of any kind. In this message, we’ll trace the roots of addiction, then point the way toward freedom—freedom to live the abundant life God intended for His children.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Jan
20
2021
When in danger, every child craves the security of a father’s embrace. What many Christians may not realize is the provision God has made for us as our heavenly Father. We can be sure of His care no matter what happens here on earth.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Jan
19
2021
We may not realize the deep impact left by our fathers. Much of our inner pain can be traced to poor relationships with our dads. In this message we take a revealing look at why your father is so important in your life, even when he is no longer alive.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Jan
18
2021
Some people think you can get rid of anger by hitting something inanimate and “letting off steam.” The trouble is, it doesn’t work. Modern pop psychology is no match for the Bible in pinpointing the source of rage, or in helping us control the anger we all experience at one time or another. In this message we learn more about the causes of anger and how to handle it properly.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Jan
15
2021
We’ve all seen people out of control with anger. They drive dangerously. They start fights. But where does this rage come from? Winning in life’s race means getting anger under control, including when someone cuts you off in traffic. In this message we probe the source of a destructive rage.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Jan
14
2021
We’ve all experienced the painful emotion of shame—either because we’ve done wrong, or because wrong has been done to us. Sadly, some homes are even based on shame. In this message we explore shame’s consequences, and then look to the Bible to find God’s cure.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Jan
13
2021
Shame is a powerful and painful emotion. We’ve all felt it, but some have felt it so deeply that it threatens to destroy them. Shame can be a paralyzing curse, driving us to do things we would not otherwise do. In this message we explore its origins, then turn to the Bible to discover God’s answer to the curse of shame.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Jan
12
2021
It’s sad, but true: in our modern, “enlightened” culture, we no longer repent of our sins. Instead, we’ve learned to manage them. We do this, knowing full well that God is not fooled. Yet, we do it anyway. This deception produces bitter fruit.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Jan
11
2021
We’re far from being the inherently good people our culture says we are. In fact, apart from certain restraints, we’re capable of unspeakable evil. In this message we take another step in our journey of self-discovery, a journey in which we’re finding out why we do what we do.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Jan
8
2021
Many people are deluded, seeing themselves as they want to, not as they are. One cause of this can be refusing to listen to the honest critiques of others. In this message we find lessons from the book of James on self-perception and on what it means to hear correctly.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Jan
7
2021
Many ask why seemingly good people turn bad. How can someone turn violent after a lifetime of apparent normalcy? The answer lies in understanding our fundamental human nature. It’s not easy, but it is possible, if you’re willing to face the truth.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Jan
6
2021
People accept the fact that two plus two has one right answer. But only one way to God? Say that, and you’re ignored at best, hated at worst. The claim of Jesus to be the exclusive path to eternal life forces a decision: do I believe my culture, or do I believe Jesus?  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Jan
5
2021
Political correctness is a formidable force, and when it comes to the Christian faith, it’s out in full strength. In this message we learn how to witness for Christ at a time when people tolerate everything but the truth, and even deny that truth exists.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Jan
4
2021
If you were near death in a hospital, you’d want the truth about your condition. Mere opinions wouldn’t cut it. Finding out the truth about our spiritual condition and its remedy has to be our number one priority. In this message we learn more about why Jesus is the only road that leads to God.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Jan
1
2021
In our day you cannot claim to have the truth without offending those around you. And when you say that Jesus is the truth, many people become upset. In this message we take a look at why Jesus is the only way to God.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Dec
31
2020
People in deep bondage are often under the illusion that they are free. Many of the religious leaders of Jesus’ day thought they were free, and they didn’t like being told that they needed deliverance. We can be delivered, for Jesus came to set us free.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Dec
30
2020
Jesus said, “Everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. If the Son sets you free, you shall be free indeed.” That’s great news! Freedom is more than avoiding jail. Freedom is living without the shackles of sin.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Dec
29
2020
“Greater love hath no man, than a man lay down his life for his friends.” That’s what Jesus said, and that’s what He did. There is no greater love than the love of God through His Son, and that’s the greatest Christmas gift one could receive this year.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Dec
28
2020
Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” The life He offers to those who believe is an eternal one. This Christmas let’s be thankful for the life our Savior promises, a life that transcends our temporary time in this world.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Dec
25
2020
At Christmas, we would rather not think about the end of life. But the eternal life Jesus provided for those who believe means that death is not the end. In one sense, Jesus becomes the beginning of the real life we were meant to have.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Dec
24
2020
The lights of Christmas come down in January. But the light Jesus brings into the hearts of believers can burn brighter every day. Sin, however, can quickly obscure that light, so we must be diligent to walk in obedience.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Dec
23
2020
With joyful carols filling the air, the Christmas season is upon us. Economy experts say the season is pivotal for retailers, and during this time of year many get caught up in the materialistic desires of our culture. It’s sad that so much darkness is around us, but that’s why we look to Jesus as our source of light.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Dec
22
2020
Most people like the lights, the decorations and the gifts of Christmas. But why do believers celebrate Christmas? We may enjoy lights and gifts, but we celebrate because Jesus renounced the glories of heaven to fulfill the Father’s will. He became a man and died for a sinful human race.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Dec
21
2020
At Christmas we celebrate much more than gifts and good cheer. Believers in Jesus know He came into a world of woe. Born in a humble stable, this baby grew up to be the Savior of the world.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Dec
18
2020
Most of us are glad we don’t know the trials tomorrow will bring. But Mary knew that pain was in her future even before her son grew up. Jesus would divide people, and that division would run right through Mary’s soul.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Dec
17
2020
When light comes, darkness scatters. The brightness of Jesus made clear the blackness of sin, and those who encountered Him either repented or rebelled. This was prophesied by an old man in the Temple at Jerusalem.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Dec
16
2020
When you read the words of Jesus, you find some radical sayings that confounded the people of His day. His mother Mary had insight into the effect her son would have, and she spoke about this in her Magnificat.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Dec
15
2020
The world neither understood nor welcomed the arrival of Jesus. The things He said caused bickering and strife among those opposed to changing their ways. In this message, we look at an amazing revelation given to His mother Mary.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Dec
14
2020
Jesus did not appear on earth without advance notice. Many Old Testament prophecies foretold his arrival. In the New Testament, we find an amazing prophecy given just before His birth through a man named Zechariah.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Dec
11
2020
Over two thousand years ago Jesus was born in a small country in the Middle East. That birth became the turning point between BC and AD. But another child was born first, a forerunner of Jesus, whose name was John.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Dec
10
2020
The words of Jesus penetrate us to our very core. In this message, we’ll hear Him speak on our motivations, as recorded in Matthew chapter six. If you want to run life’s race ablaze with light, you need the piercing words of Christ.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Dec
9
2020
Good deeds can be seen, but motivations can’t. Why we do what we do is a key focus of Christ’s teaching in Matthew six. Here we experience radical surgery as our motives are dissected. In this message, we go to the clinic to get Christ’s diagnosis.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Dec
8
2020
To stop eating for a time has known health benefits. But for the Christian, it also has great spiritual benefits. You don’t hear much about fasting in a fast-food culture.  Let’s learn more about the “why” and “how” of fasting, as Jesus taught in Matthew chapter six.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Dec
7
2020
Most of us really like to eat. But there are times in a Christian’s life when eating should be the last thing on the agenda. In this message we set aside a big meal and remind ourselves about Christ’s teaching on the benefits of fasting.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Dec
4
2020
In the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus showed us how to pray. In this message, we continue our look at the depth and breadth of meaning found in these sacred words. How should each of us approach God with our petitions?  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Dec
3
2020
In the race of life, success with God depends on time spent with Him in secret—time given to the discipline of prayer. For many, prayer is mysterious, especially private prayer. Let’s learn what secret praying is all about.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Dec
2
2020
Money can be our idol, and we can be its worshippers. God wants to break the stranglehold money has on our hearts, and the key is giving in secret. In this message we will learn to find the right motives and methods to do just that.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Dec
1
2020
With God, we can safely entrust any secret. In fact, there are four secrets He wants us to share with Him. When we do, we’ll experience some life-changing results. Let’s find out what those four secrets are.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Nov
30
2020
Waiting for God—it goes against our instincts. But waiting for His timing guarantees that things happen at the right time. Waiting for God means investing time every day in prayer: seeking His face and seeking His direction. In this message we discover how David learned to wait.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Nov
27
2020
Patience is only developed when that patience is tried. Whether it’s long grocery lines or long waits for answered prayer, God uses these unplanned “waits” to mold our characters.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Nov
26
2020
It’s the height of folly to think we can hide our sins from God. That’s what David wrote about in Psalm 32. Caught red-handed in great sin, David came clean before God and man. What does it take to be fully forgiven by the God who sees everything we do?  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Nov
25
2020
Deep down, everyone knows they fall short of moral perfection. Sin has both immediate and long-term consequences, and only being fully forgiven removes the sense of condemnation that wrongdoers feel.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Nov
24
2020
Though named as King, David was pursued by a jealous King Saul for ten long years. Still, he could say of God, “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.” Can you face trials with that kind of confidence? Here are more lessons from Psalm 23.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Nov
23
2020
When God chose to communicate how He cares for His own, He gave the picture of a shepherd tending his flock. Shepherds do more than guide their sheep to food and water. They take a personal interest in every lamb. Today, we learn all about the Great Shepherd.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Nov
20
2020
Politicians speak of vast conspiracies against them. But the real conspiracy is that of the nations of the world in revolt against God. Psalm 2 tells us that God sits in heaven, laughing at man’s attempt to remove him from society.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Nov
19
2020
Everywhere you look, the Christian faith is under attack. Many ask, “Is God really in charge?” Let’s listen to Erwin Lutzer as he traces some blatant attacks on Christians, but then takes us to the Bible for the assurance that, despite all we see, God is still in control.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Nov
18
2020
Adam and Eve tossed paradise aside when they disobeyed God. Like them, we manipulate each other to meet our own needs, not realizing that loving our spouse is the real key to marital happiness.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Nov
17
2020
The family unit is an endangered species. Fractured, stressed, broken, dysfunctional…all these words describe a crisis in society’s most basic unit. This crisis often begins when marriages fail. But what causes these failures?  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Nov
16
2020
Those who think marriage is a magic door to happiness should note that many marriages fail today. God intended marriage to develop character, and a hard heart can break the bonds between a couple if one will not repent.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Nov
13
2020
There’s good evidence in the Bible that marriage is designed more to develop character than to ensure a lifetime of bliss. When the rough spots come, and they will, what are couples to take from those experiences?  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Nov
12
2020
Some marriage partners see their spouses as replaceable. The Bible tells us how to make marriages last, and today, we’ll see why living a life of love, purity and honor is the only way this can happen.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Nov
11
2020
When marriages break up, many couples have prenuptial agreements to divvy up their possessions. Few take seriously the covenants they enter into. Let’s go back to basics, and why marriage, in God’s eyes, is a lifetime deal, come what may.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Nov
10
2020
A husband and wife, Gustav and Wanda Lutzer, celebrated 76 years of marriage in Canada. Their fifth child was Pastor Erwin Lutzer, who tells their story on Running to Win. He lists five principles that kept his parents together through thick and thin.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Nov
9
2020
What keeps a couple together for 76 years, surviving war, immigration, deprivation, and material want? Let’s hear about the parents of Dr. Erwin Lutzer, and why their marriage lasted so long.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Nov
6
2020
The drama of redemption began in Eden and ends with the new heavens and new earth. Here, the redeemed find themselves on streets of gold in the New Jerusalem. Here is the finale to the grand plan God set in motion before the world began.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Nov
5
2020
Written in apocalyptic language rich in symbolism, the book of Revelation portrays the future yet to be: the glorious return of Jesus, the resurrection of the dead, the judgments, the Millennial reign, and then, the eternity which follows.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Nov
4
2020
If the drama of redemption were a play, it would have two acts, the Old and New Testaments. The central theme is that of a sacrifice. In Act 1, animals were killed at a temple in Jerusalem. In Act 2, the real sacrifice is revealed, the one that takes away sin forever.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Nov
3
2020
In the drama of redemption, the Old Testament is a grand prologue. In the New Testament, the great transaction takes place. Jesus gives his life not far from where Abraham almost offered Isaac. No playwright could dream of a story so wonderful.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Nov
2
2020
The nation Israel had one reason for being: to bring forth a Messiah who would first die as a sacrifice for sin, and later be raised to return one day as king over all the earth.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Oct
30
2020
The Old Testament is many things: prophecy, history, law, and wisdom literature. Let’s continue our jet-plane flyover of the Old Testament, and we’ll focus on the time period when Israel was taken into captivity with their temple destroyed.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Oct
29
2020
If you want a big-picture view of the whole Bible, you’ve come to the right place. We’re exploring The Drama of Redemption, getting a quick overview from Genesis to Revelation. Join us today as more of the Old Testament will fly past us, so listen carefully.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Oct
28
2020
The sins of mankind separated us from God. But He was not content to let his finest creation die without hope. He put in motion a plan to redeem those that believe in the value of a great sacrifice: that of Jesus on the cross.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Oct
27
2020
The Apostle Paul wrote the ultimate essay on love. After you master 1 Corinthians 13, you’ll know what real love is, and isn’t. Here are more details on God’s view of love—the kind He shows us, and the kind we’re to show to others.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Oct
26
2020
Our lives are the books people read every day. Those outside the church are drawn to experience the love that we as believers share. Here is why we do what we do, and what our underlying motive must be if we’re to reach the lost.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Oct
23
2020
In the body of Christ, the strong help the weak, and the healthy help the ailing. Today we learn about some practical ways we can support each other in times of need.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Oct
22
2020
As members of the body of Christ we have a mission to fulfill, and a disciplined use of our resources is key to getting God’s work done. Let’s look at how to determine our priorities, and then, how to live by them.   Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Oct
21
2020
In the body of Christ there is great diversity. Mature Christians enjoy the gifts of every member of the body, since each believer has a unique contribution to make to the growth of the kingdom of Christ on earth.   Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Oct
20
2020
Christians are blessed to be a part of an invisible assembly—the body of Christ that transcends denominational barriers. It is so vital that we understand the body of Christ and our part in it.   Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Oct
19
2020
If people aren’t serving where God wants them to serve in the local church, the whole ministry is shortchanged. What are spiritual gifts, and why is it so vital that we find out how God has gifted us?   Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Oct
16
2020
God has a place of service for every Christian, and a spiritual gift every Christian can use to benefit others in that place of service. Let’s learn how to identify those gifts, and, how to put them to work.   Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Oct
15
2020
The COVID-19 blame game has not helped. Pointing the political finger does not bring back the lives of those lost. But what if global death and destruction is only beginning? What if our present distress is only a foretaste? In this message we take a frank look at the biblical future for fallen humanity, and what we as believers must learn if we’re to be victorious in this dark time.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Oct
14
2020
As COVID-19 has raged, people are desperate to return to normalcy. Some see dark forces manipulating the population. Others are resigned to face a disease for which there is currently no cure. What can we learn from natural disasters when, and if, COVID-19 finally passes over us?  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Oct
13
2020
It’s comforting to ask God for help in times of trouble. But what if God is the One who sent the trouble you’re going through? What do you ask of a God who brings destruction? It’s important to set the record straight on the “why” of plagues like COVID-19.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Oct
12
2020
Lockdowns, economic chaos, sickness, and death—COVID-19 has changed us all forever. Agendas are flying as the press and politicians maneuver for advantage. The ultimate question: what is God saying to us through a deadly pandemic? In this message we open our hearts and minds to find out.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Oct
9
2020
To an outsider, hearing people speaking in unknown languages no doubt raises more questions than it does answers. So Paul argued for clear teaching in known dialects. In this message we receive more teaching on a controversial gift.   Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Oct
8
2020
Some feel that the gift of tongues is crucial evidence of the presence of the Holy Spirit. Others say that modern tongues do not form words in any known language. In this message, Erwin Lutzer begins a careful study in First Corinthans 14, a study you won’t want to miss.   Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Oct
7
2020
Our motivation for service in the body of Christ, and for serving our marriage partners, must be found in what the Bible calls love—a love that comes from God. Only then can we endure life’s tough times, and remain faithful to our commitments to the people in our lives.   Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Oct
6
2020
For the Apostle Paul, love is the glue that binds together the body of Christ and makes it a place of mutual service. Without love, our best efforts are without true purpose. In this message, we turn to a famous Bible chapter to learn why love is the highest motivator of all.   Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Oct
5
2020
The local church you attend is but one small part of an enormous worldwide assembly that will be fully gathered in eternity. Until then, we live and serve others where we are, knowing that our life now only foreshadows what lies ahead.   Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Oct
2
2020
The body of Christ involves accountability to “those who have the rule over you.” This means being part of a local fellowship. In this message we’ll turn to First Corinthians chapter 12 to learn what the local church is all about, and how to find out where we fit.   Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Oct
1
2020
In the body of Christ, everyone has a gift with which to serve others. Knowing what that gift is, and putting it to work, are keys to satisfaction and joy. As each believer does his or her part, the result is a marvelous harmony. In this message we learn to unwrap and use our spiritual gift.   Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Sep
30
2020
Many Christians miss out on the great adventure of finding their place in the body of Christ and learning how to serve in the power of the Holy Spirit. In this message we want to ignite in you a passion for the church you attend and renew your excitement in being used by God.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Sep
29
2020
In the Garden of Eden, the serpent beguiled Eve. Likewise, satanic substitutes for God often look very good. Although popular, the teachings of the occult are the doctrines of demons. As believers, it’s vital for us to understand what the Bible calls “sound doctrine.”  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Sep
28
2020
Our culture is into occult phenomena like never before. Whether by internet, TV, movies, or music, the occult is underscoring more and more of our culture’s values. In this message we learn what this should mean to the committed Christian.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Sep
25
2020
Christians are awash in a sea of pleasures, having time for everything but God. Many waste their time in a myriad of ways, and the options only keep increasing. In this message all of us receive a challenge to get our priorities straight.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Sep
24
2020
A commercial once said: “You only go around once in life. Grab all the gusto you can.” This advice, of course, is foolish. In this message, we hear a challenge to a pleasure-mad culture that’s infecting the church: a challenge to reach for the real pleasures God offers.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Sep
23
2020
God designed sex for a covenant marriage relationship, not for a succession of one-night stands. In this message we confront the allure of sexual affairs, which poison our souls and undermine our ability to make commitments. How can we be free from this sin?  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Sep
22
2020
Extramarital sex and divorce are choices that can ruin life for all concerned. Too many people, even Christians, ignore the warnings and pay a high price in the long run. The sexual revolution has a very dark side, and we’d better count the cost.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Sep
21
2020
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus gave some pointed teaching on morality, telling those in lust to pluck out their eyes. Jesus was showing the seriousness of sin. In this message, we investigate Matthew chapter five, and find some tough love from the Son of God.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Sep
18
2020
Since we all have sexual desires, it’s tempting to satisfy those desires outside of God’s will. In this message, we take a sobering look at the damage done by pornography in our culture, a flood of uncleanness most prevalent on the internet.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Sep
17
2020
Like quicksand, alcohol draws in its victims until they can no longer free themselves. The temptation to drink is best handled by never taking that first sip. In this message we learn why it’s almost impossible to say, “I’m quitting tomorrow.”  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Sep
16
2020
Alcohol is the tolerated drug, and alcohol abuse is costing our society billions in lost productivity, lost relationships, and lost lives. Too many Christians misuse what they feel is their freedom to drink by drinking one too many. In this message we learn the unvarnished truth about alcoholism.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Sep
15
2020
People who watch lottery winners on TV often think their number will come up someday. So, they keep buying a few more tickets. However, gambling is a shortcut, bypassing honest labor. And for a Christian, it violates all God stands for.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Sep
14
2020
From lottery tickets to riverboats, gambling spells big trouble. It takes money from those who can least afford it, those hoping for a “big break.” Some say they would never gamble. Yet the lure of fast cash leads many Christians into serious trouble.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Sep
11
2020
Most of us have too much stuff. In our greed we look at our neighbors, note their possessions, and say, “I need everything they have.” Greed is insidious, and unless it’s put to death, it will choke the life out of a Christian.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Sep
10
2020
Greed says, “I want more.” Greed is the first of the seven secret snares that Pastor Lutzer is exposing. It lies like a serpent within our souls, and it wants to destroy us. In this message we learn how to break the power of greed in our life.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Sep
9
2020
Satan tries to derail our walk with God. He appeals to natural desires and gets us to fulfill them in destructive ways. In this message we learn more about a war from which there’s no escape until heaven, and we learn how a Christian can best defeat temptation.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Sep
8
2020
We face temptations every day. They draw us away from God and toward destructive choices that can ruin our lives, families, and futures. We must shake off complacency, realizing we’re in a state of battle with our mortal enemy, the devil.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Sep
7
2020
The Bible’s famous prodigal son demanded his inheritance and spent it all in a big hurry. Reduced to eating with pigs, he knew he needed to come home and face the father he had spurned. In this message we learn what it takes to get a prodigal to reverse direction.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Sep
4
2020
Many parents have heavy hearts, knowing that a son or daughter is far away from them, and from God. A famous Bible story gives hope to all parents of prodigal children. In this message we find encouragement and strength.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Sep
3
2020
As part of a classic dysfunctional family, Absalom rebelled against his father David. He went his own way and ended up losing his life. The story is in the Bible for us to read and heed its warnings. In this message we find crucial lessons for all parents of prodigal sons.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Sep
2
2020
Why is it that some kids want to leave home and experience what the world has to offer? Often, they end up in ruins, wishing they’d never left. In this message we look at one prodigal son who left, and never returned. His name was Absalom.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Sep
1
2020
God’s desire is that our giving be cheerful, not driven by a sense that we’re in trouble if we don’t give. He wants our hearts first, and only then our open pocketbooks. Let’s learn about giving from Paul’s admonition to the church at Corinth.    Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Aug
31
2020
Farmers know it’s pretty simple: no seeds, no plants. No plants, no vegetables. No vegetables, no harvest. They know all about the laws of sowing and reaping, laws God set in motion a long time ago. In this message we’ll explore what Paul wrote about this to the church at Corinth.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Aug
28
2020
Some might see giving generously to the church as a waste. Jesus told a parable exploding this myth once and for all. The bottom line: money given to transform the lives of others bears a thousand-percent return-on-investment.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Aug
27
2020
While Christians have bank accounts on earth, we also have accounts in heaven. There we lay up treasures “where moth and rust do not corrupt.” In this message we’ll learn why the long-term view is best: investments in things eternal bear a return we cannot even imagine.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Aug
26
2020
Have you ever considered that God is observing our giving? He sees every area of our lives. Jesus was in the Temple courtyard, watching as the rich made sure the crowds saw them give. Then, He looked intently at a poor widow who dropped her last two mites in the treasury.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Aug
25
2020
It’s always big news when a wealthy benefactor gives a few million dollars to a college or pays for a new hospital wing. But no one seems to notice a poor person giving a quarter to someone else in need. No one, that is, but Jesus, whose keen eye watched a lady entering the temple courts one day in Jerusalem.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Aug
24
2020
In the book of Exodus, we read of the building of God’s tabernacle. There we find great detail about everyone’s contribution, both of time and treasure, to make the project a success. When we see giving as an act of worship, we cease focusing on the money and begin focusing on God.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Aug
21
2020
Many of us are burdened with debt at the same time as our jobs are in jeopardy. So, what do we do? In this message we begin a series that will show us how to honor God no matter how empty our wallets get. We need to realize that our use of money is one way in which we worship God.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Aug
20
2020
The city of Chicago felt the mighty wind of the Spirit during the days of D.L. Moody, the founder of The Moody Church. We’re learning about those special times when God comes to church, and in this message, we’ll remember God’s work in Chicago.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Aug
19
2020
We know that God is always with His people, as He’s promised to be. But there are also times of His special presence in power. These are known as times of revival, when new life comes to the church, and then to the community at large. In this message we look back to times when God indeed came to church, and we find encouragement that He’ll do so again.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Aug
18
2020
Some people are early risers, who do their best work in the morning. Others are night owls, who prefer to sleep in and stay up late. The Bible also talks about people of the day and of the night, but the biblical description has eternal significance.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Aug
17
2020
The Christian knows that this present world is not his final home. In First Thessalonians we learn of the glorious return of Jesus to set right all that is wrong, and to take His followers to be with Him. As we wait, the church is called to be watchful.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Aug
14
2020
There are laws at work in the spiritual universe—laws that can neither be debated, nor circumvented. We may claim freedom from the law as believers, thinking we can do as we please. But God has a word for those of us who feel this way, a word brought to us by the Apostle Paul.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Aug
13
2020
In one sense, we have way too many options to fill our time. A thousand voices demand our attention via radio, TV, movies, and the internet. But developing godly character requires developing our inner lives. In this message we hear a challenge on holiness.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Aug
12
2020
Taking a stand for what’s right means going against the prevailing tide. To do this, we need strength from God—a strength that comes from developing a life of prayer. The Apostle Paul modeled this for us in his writings to the church at Thessalonica.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Aug
11
2020
It’s not always popular to be seen taking a stand. But when God comes in unusual power to a church, we often see courage and resolve that was not there before. In this message we learn how the ancient church in Thessalonica took their stand, and how we can follow their example as darkness settles over our land.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Aug
10
2020
Servants continue to serve others even when those they serve don’t appreciate it. They know that God watches their service and is pleased. In this message we learn that a serving church is a church where God’s presence is felt very strongly.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Aug
7
2020
Most people set their priorities in selfish ways. It’s unusual when people give others first place. But in ancient Thessalonica, a desire to serve others was evident. Paul commended this church for their service, and in this message, we’ll learn the lessons they learned so long ago.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Aug
6
2020
The church in Thessalonica underwent persecution, but nonetheless exhibited the joy of the Lord, despite their trials. That’s what happens when God’s presence is very real, as it is during times of revival. In this message we look at what happens to a church when God shows up.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Aug
5
2020
New life comes to a church when revival begins, and there's no doubt we could use a great awakening now. What are the indications that God is making His presence known in a special way? In this message we begin a series from one of Paul’s epistles that tells us what they are.   Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Aug
4
2020
Loving God with all our hearts, and our neighbors as ourselves, fulfills the law and pleases our Creator. Obeying this commandment means obeying all ten of the commands God wrote on tablets of stone so long ago. They’re not suggestions, they’re commands. So do you love God?  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Aug
3
2020
Written by God on tablets of stone, the Ten Commandments defined proper behavior. Those who know and love God not only follow these ten laws, but on a higher plane, they follow an eleventh: to “Love one another, as I have loved you.” In this message we sum up our study of the Ten Commandments by learning how Jesus fulfills the Law in love.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Jul
31
2020
The sin nobody sees can light fires of lasting conflict. Covetousness, longing for what others have, is a recipe for ongoing discontent. And God’s will for us is to be content. The tenth commandment makes it clear: we are not to covet.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Jul
30
2020
There’s something in all of us that wants what someone else has. But no matter how many possessions we acquire, we can’t take them with us after we die. And this should change our perspective today. The sin of coveting is what God addresses in the last of the Ten Commandments.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Jul
29
2020
Among seven things God hates, the writer of Proverbs lists lying twice. That’s serious for a sin we all commit. Winning in the race of life requires telling the truth. In this message we find out why lying is so prevalent, and so destructive.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Jul
28
2020
Many people frequently exaggerate, brag, or slander. For some, telling a “white lie” is okay. But it’s not okay with God. If what comes out of our mouth is inconsistent with how we live, then we are liars. Lying violates the ninth commandment in the Bible, and God values integrity. Do you always tell the truth?  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Jul
27
2020
Theft is theft, whether large or small. It can be obvious theft, such as robbery; but it can also be hidden theft, such as tax fraud, stealing time, or even not paying back a loan. Today in our study of the eighth commandment, we consider how when we steal, we steal from God.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Jul
24
2020
Stealing is on the rise as people say, “what’s yours is mine.” It’s more than burglary. People steal from their employers with hardly a second thought. We forget that stealing of any kind violates one of the Ten Commandments.   Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Jul
23
2020
It’s dangerous to get too close to a fire. And it’s also dangerous to get close to a possible sexual sin. That’s why the seventh commandment teaches us to avoid all forms of such sin. Obedience to God’s command results in a life free of entanglements that can stop us in our tracks.   Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Jul
22
2020
Each of us has a strong desire for intimacy. But keeping our sex drives under control is one of our biggest challenges. Sex in its proper place is a great gift, while passions out of control can ruin one’s future.  So, what should we do in a world that only provokes our desires?  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Jul
21
2020
Good relationships provide happiness, and bad ones bring sorrow. Despite fragmenting homes, the Bible has a plan for the family, and God calls us to honor our parents. In this message we hear more teaching on God’s command designed to ensure stable and holy homes.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Jul
20
2020
Long ago, God gave the Ten Commandments as a blueprint for living. Our failure to follow commandment number five is a big reason for the dismal state of many families. In this message we learn an important key to having happy and stable homes. Our parents are not perfect, but we are called to honor them, nonetheless.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Jul
17
2020
A central commandment of the Law of God is the prohibition against murder. Yet hundreds of people are killed every year in each of our major cities. Life is cheap and gets cheaper when convicted killers never pay the price God commanded. What does God think about this?   Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Jul
16
2020
Murder: it’s now so common that we often aren’t fazed by it anymore. But the taking of innocent life breaks one of the cardinal commandments of God. And since Roe versus Wade, that commandment has been broken untold millions of times.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Jul
15
2020
God made it clear that all of us need to observe a day of rest. The concept is so important that He made it into one of the Ten Commandments. But now, Sunday is just another day to shop, work, or be on the move: not a day for reflection, meditation and prayer. What does the Sabbath have to do with us?  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Jul
14
2020
A century ago, British Olympian Eric Liddell shocked the world by refusing to run on Sunday. Eric was made famous in the movie “Chariots of Fire,” holding fast to his conviction that the Lord’s Day was sacred, and not to be used for sport. These days, many of us use Sunday for watching football, running errands, or even working extra hours. Have we gone off track?  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Jul
13
2020
When someone sues you for slander, you might be fined for defaming a good name. But what’s the penalty for slandering God? The commandment to not take His name in vain goes to the core of His nature, and to the heart of respecting Him as Creator. Do you know how important His name really is?  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Jul
10
2020
Christians know that God’s name is holy, and is not to be misused by swearing, cursing, or improper oath-taking. Keeping His name set apart was so important to God that He wrote a command about it with His finger on a tablet of stone.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Jul
9
2020
“I am the Lord, that is My name. My glory I will not give to another, neither My praise to graven images.” There is no ambiguity here. It’s clear that God will not tolerate the worship of images. But does that include crosses, crucifixes, or icons? Some people find these objects very meaningful. Do they violate God’s commandment?  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Jul
8
2020
Is a picture ever wrong? We need to understand God’s commands prohibiting images meant to represent Him. People disobey this commandment daily, giving worship to a vast array of idols, carvings, pictures, and icons. What does God think of these images?   Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Jul
7
2020
It’s in the nature of man to worship something, even deities made of wood and stone—or money, technology, and power. But God makes it clear that we humans have a Creator who will not tolerate any idols, even when the idol is ourselves. In this message we learn why the first commandment requires that nothing replace God in our allegiance.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Jul
6
2020
God does not tolerate competition. He wants to be supreme in our lives, and He made that clear by writing on a tablet of stone the first of the Ten Commandments. It’s commandment number one for a reason. Do you believe these commandments mean something for your life today?  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Jul
3
2020
On earth, the law of gravity is immutable. God’s moral law has the same force. The commandments He gave to Moses define His character, and His expectations of our behavior. In this message we learn why God’s moral law shows us who we really are.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Jul
2
2020
The great moral code God gave to Moses contains principles for governing our relationships with God and with each other. That code shows us who we are, and more importantly, who God is. In this message, we begin a series on The Ten Commandments and what they mean for us today.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Jul
1
2020
Satan uses demons to influence and indwell people, leaving behind a trail of destructive choices and actions. The victims of these actions are then left with pasts that are hard to deal with. But God can turn victims into victors.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Jun
30
2020
Philosophers have long wrestled with the root cause of evil. One major cause is our enemy Satan, who seeks to destroy in any way he can. And yes, people can be influenced by the devil to perpetrate evil deeds.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Jun
29
2020
Those who have a conscience can feel shame: that sense of embarrassment when caught in a sinful act. But there’s also the painful shame that victims of sexual abuse bear, that isn’t their fault. How should we deal with shame?  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Jun
26
2020
To understand why people become sexual abusers, we need to understand the “why” of dysfunctional families. First, we look at a Bible family scandalized by abuse and its damage. Then, we’ll see how God can heal the deep scars left behind.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Jun
25
2020
When the young are sexually abused, psychological scars are left that may never be healed. One common experience is grief—that gnawing sadness that’s always just below the surface.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Jun
24
2020
Sexual abuse does terrible damage. Relationships all throughout the victim’s life suffer due to early experiences children should never have. But there’s hope for the abused, and even for the abuser.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Jun
23
2020
The truth of the resurrection of Jesus is so transforming that its enemies will do anything to suppress it. Thus, some clam that the bones of Jesus have been found in an old box. In this message, our focus is on an ancient tomb in an ancient city, and on the purported evidence that Jesus never rose from the dead.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Jun
22
2020
We hear it frequently: a new archeological find supposedly “disproves” the biblical account. Some have even claimed that the bones of Jesus and His family have been found. However, these “discoveries” turn out to have nothing to do with Jesus, or they are simply lies.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Jun
19
2020
In our day, few people see sin as a big deal. They dismiss sin as simply “mistakes.” Many people will do anything to avoid the horror of the cross of Christ. Only that sacrifice removes the stain of the sins we bear before a holy God. In this message we will look at the redemptive plan of God as brought to focus on that cruel cross.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Jun
18
2020
Conspiracy theorists tout all kinds of wild schemes and fill the internet with their blogs. For some time, the theory has circulated that Jesus did not die on the cross—He merely fainted and woke up in a tomb. This is another lie about Jesus, a lie that tries to nullify the whole reason for His coming: to be a sacrifice for sin.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Jun
17
2020
The Bible is clear: Jesus was born of a virgin and had no earthly father. In terms of salvation, that’s critical. The sinful nature we all share was never passed on to Jesus, so He could then be the perfect sacrifice for sin. Without that perfect sacrifice, none of us has any hope of seeing eternal life with the Father.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Jun
16
2020
People with a troubled past are said to have “skeletons in their closet.” Some say that Jesus has a big one in His. Some who look at the life of Jesus cannot accept any supernatural factors. Thus, the virgin birth of Christ is dismissed as a myth. For these people, Jesus has a dark secret: who was his real father?  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Jun
15
2020
Why do people tell lies? Usually, because they have something to hide. And deep down, all of us have sin to hide. People are telling new lies about Jesus these days—lies that hide their need for a Savior. Pastor Lutzer’s current series sheds light on six of these lies, and in this message we’re focusing on the lie that “Jesus became the Christ.”  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Jun
12
2020
Some say that the Jesus who changed history was a just a man around whom many legends developed after his death. They say His disciples invented all sorts of stories to turn a simple teacher into the Messiah. In other words, the Jesus of history was given the role of Christ by His followers. In this message we look at a third major lie being propagated by those who reject the real Jesus.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Jun
11
2020
The idea of “only one way to God” seems narrow-minded to many people. It is a common belief that all roads lead to heaven. But God has revealed one and only one way to Himself and that is through the blood of His Son, Jesus Christ. Modern spiritual leaders decry any absolutes, except the right to be happy, healthy, and wealthy. Media stars say “God’s not fussy,” and too many of us believe them.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Jun
10
2020
When blindly following their leader, lemmings walk right off a cliff. Many people today are heading for an eternal cliff. These people place their faith in the teachings of modern prophets and gurus—often popular figures in the media. They are promised health, wealth, and friendly angels to help them. Little is said about sin and righteousness. In this message we expose the lie that Jesus is merely one of many ways to God.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Jun
9
2020
The sad story of Judas reminds us that “Satan walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour…” Some say Christians cannot be demon-possessed. But others say they still can be demonically influenced. In any case, a non-believer is fair game for Satan to use, as he did Judas. In this message we learn what really happened during the Last Supper so long ago.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Jun
8
2020
A few years ago an ancient “Gospel of Judas” document surfaced. Its purpose: to tell us about the “real Jesus.” In this document, Judas is a hero, and Jesus is a fanciful being taking on many forms as the need arises. Written by Gnostics, the reappearance of the gospel of Judas is just another attempt to undermine the Christian faith.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Jun
5
2020
The return of Jesus to this earth will be the event of all time. When He comes, He will take control. And those who have loved and served him will be raised from the dead to greet him. Let’s hear the climactic conclusion to our series on “What We Believe.”  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Jun
4
2020
The Bible gives tantalizing details about a heavenly kingdom beyond all description, a New Jerusalem with streets of gold. In this message we begin a final chapter in “What We Believe,” and a peek through the mists of time into the timelessness of eternity.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Jun
3
2020
One day Jesus will be united with His church at a great marriage supper of the Lamb in heaven. What that will be like is our focus in this message, as Pastor Lutzer wraps up his study of the church in our series “What We Believe.”  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Jun
2
2020
In Greek, the word is ekklesia, the “called-out ones.” In English, the word is “church,” and if you believe in Jesus, you’re “called out” to be separate from the values of our culture. That’s hard to do, but with the support of a local assembly, it becomes a lot easier.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Jun
1
2020
It’s clear the devil is having a field day. Evil is running rampant. But a day is coming when a long-delayed sentence of doom will be carried out. In this message we’ll hear about Satan’s present activity, and then his ultimate end.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
May
29
2020
If the devil tempted us in a red suit with a pitchfork, we might laugh. But the real devil is clothed as an angel of light. Satan wants you to think he doesn’t exist. But the Bible says that he walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
May
28
2020
In Bible times, angels were messengers to God’s people. And they’ve been charged with watching over believers. In this life we’ll never know how often they’ve protected us from harm. Let’s learn more about God’s angelic host, and how they care for us.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
May
27
2020
The world of the spirit is real. Unseen millions of angels hover all around the people of God, serving those who are the heirs of salvation. In this message, we open another chapter in the basic teachings of the Christian faith: a chapter on angels.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
May
26
2020
The Gospel of Christ simply means the good news about Jesus: His death on the cross brings us forgiveness and life. Let’s learn more about how we can make the good news of the Gospel known to all who need to hear.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
May
25
2020
Turn on the TV and what do you get? A lot of bad news. But even under Roman oppression, the early church rejoiced in some really good news—the Gospel. They proclaimed the message that Jesus came to seek and save sinners.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
May
22
2020
Prisons are full of people born in sin—people born with a propensity to do wrong. But as Paul says, we are all “by nature the children of wrath.” In our study of key doctrines, we’re coming to grips with “The Sin We Rationalize.”  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
May
21
2020
When you read the Bible, you find that God is not tolerant of something called sin. To sin is to miss the mark God has set for our behavior. Sin is so serious that God sent his only Son to die as a sacrifice to pay the ultimate penalty that ultimate justice demands.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
May
20
2020
In studying the work of the Holy Spirit in the life of a Christian, the acronym “FIBS” provides a way to remember His four key ministries. In this message, we learn what they are and how they should impact your life.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
May
19
2020
The Bible reveals that God works by the Holy Spirit in the lives of those who believe, providing day-by-day guidance, comfort, wisdom, and insight for even the smallest detail of life. Who is the Holy Spirit? It’s vital for us to know.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
May
18
2020
Some see the death of Jesus as merely a sad end to a good life. But the Bible tells us that the central mission of Jesus was to die, and then be raised to life by God the Father. Jesus did this to bring eternal life to all who believe.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
May
15
2020
Jesus Christ appeared on earth over two thousand years ago. The Bible reveals that Jesus is the Son of God, and that all the fullness of God dwells in Him. To see who God is, and what God is all about, all we need to do is look at Jesus.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
May
14
2020
How can one describe God? How can one describe anything infinite? The best we can do is to list His attributes. These open a door of understanding, a door that lets us catch a glimpse of His greatness as well as His grace.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
May
13
2020
Jesus taught us to call God “Our Father.” In the Bible, God has revealed many names, but only one character: absolute holiness combined with infinite power, love, and justice. In this message, we’ll come to grips with “The Father We Worship.”  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
May
12
2020
When it comes to the Bible, doubts have to give way to faith that it is what it claims to be—the very word of God. The Bible is the only book that can take you across the gorge of death into eternity. Let’s find out why we can trust the Bible.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
May
11
2020
For Christians, the Bible is at the center of what we believe. Can we rely on this ancient book? This message begins a series on the key doctrines that define what Christianity is all about. Let’s learn why the Bible can be trusted.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
May
8
2020
If your marriage is in trouble, this message is for you. Today you’ll hear teaching that could bring you back from the brink—principles to help you navigate what may seem to be impossible waters. Your marriage can be put back together.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
May
7
2020
If the family is the bedrock of society, it makes sense that stable marriages are the bedrock of the family. That’s why divorce is so damaging. In divorce, there are no winners. Marriage must be viewed as a lifetime proposition.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
May
6
2020
Only God can count the tears of parents whose kids have gone to the far country. Like the prodigal son in the Bible, their kids chose a path destined for failure. But there is great power in persistent prayer, and our God is a God who answers prayer.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
May
5
2020
Despite our best efforts, sometimes kids go astray…even Christian kids. Anguished parents cry out to God for a solution. And that’s exactly what God wants us to do in those tough situations.    Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
May
4
2020
The devil wants to destroy the family, especially the role model of the father. When abuse takes place, abuse of any kind, a father faces severe judgment from God. Step one in coming clean is to acknowledge that the abuse is real.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
May
1
2020
The dark secret in all too many families is abuse. It takes several forms: verbal, physical, even sexual. The hurt caused by abuse is incalculable, both to the abused as well as the abuser. Let’s hear what to do if we are a victim, or, a victimizer.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Apr
30
2020
In a previous era, people were far more likely to sit and talk than to isolate themselves in front of a screen. Technology, though valuable, is a tool that the enemy uses to addict all of us, and steal time better used for each other—and for God. Are you prepared to hear more on this danger and quite possibly change your own technology habits?  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Apr
29
2020
There’s danger in your house. With a single click, you and your family can access internet pornography on demand. Protecting your family from the evils of a technology we all need is a daunting task. This message provides guidance on doing just that.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Apr
28
2020
Children are a wonderful blessing, but they can also be an immense challenge. Some are obedient and cooperative; others do their own thing no matter what mom and dad say. Let’s navigate the uncertain waters of child-rearing.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Apr
27
2020
Marriage is the one place where God intends for our natural drives to produce children. The Bible calls children “a heritage of the Lord, (and) the fruit of the womb a reward.” But what is the most important thing Christian parents can do for their precious children?  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Apr
24
2020
For too many Christians, dependence on God has morphed into dependence on a credit card. Why go without when it’s so easy to just charge it? Why pray about a need when you can just go buy what you want? Let’s say goodbye to the scourge of debt.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Apr
23
2020
Society says getting in debt is normal. If your credit card isn’t maxed out, you must not be using it correctly! As people feel they have to live beyond their means, debt is destroying all too many marriages and families. What is the answer?  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Apr
22
2020
Have you ever felt buyer’s remorse? We all wonder if our large purchase was really the best choice. When it comes to marriage, there’s no place for buyer’s remorse. We have to let go of “what might have been” and honor the commitment we’ve made, as the vow says, “for better or for worse.”  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Mar
30
2020
Americans are adrift in a sea of moral relativism. We need a moral compass. The cross of Christ is that compass, and the church must live by the cross if our culture is to survive. Let’s help the world by first calling the church back to the cross of Christ.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Mar
27
2020
A culture that rejects Christ is a culture that creates its own standard for moral choices. This moral standard influences our vote, which then determines our nation’s destiny. So, where does true morality come from?  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Mar
26
2020
Many who seek justice call for “a level playing field” of opportunity. There is one place where the field is level, and that is at the foot of the cross of Christ. This cross is the only basis for reconciling people of different racial, ethnic, and economic backgrounds.   Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Mar
25
2020
Many of today’s conflicts stem from deep-rooted racial or ethnic strife. It seems there is no human solution in our institutions, systems, and even homes, but there is a divine solution. There is a place of common ground for those who cannot stand the sight of each other.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Mar
24
2020
On the day that Jesus died just outside of Jerusalem, many people passed by, as many do today, without realizing the eternal consequences of what was happening on that cruel Roman cross. It may seem unjust to our finite minds, but it was because of God’s love that Jesus suffered.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Mar
23
2020
As we run life’s race, let us not forget that mercy is not getting what you deserve. God was not obligated to save any of us, and yet He has. When skeptics question God’s love, we must point them first to the cross where the Son of God suffered and died—for us.   Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Mar
20
2020
These days, polling data is king. In the mainstream media, truth seems to lie with the majority opinion. But when it comes to the cross, the majority culture hates it and finds it offensive. So what should Christians do to demonstrate that the cross reveals God’s power and grace?  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Mar
19
2020
The cross is the centerpiece of history and the core of God’s redemptive agenda. Even before time, God planned the cross of Calvary in order to save people from every nation. But not everyone views the cross this way. As we will soon see, the contrast is startling.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Mar
18
2020
The cross of Jesus was in God’s mind from eternity past. Its benefits extend to eternity yet to be. It is history’s great intersection—the place where God expressed His love to fallen mankind most clearly.   Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Mar
17
2020
It is in the cross that we glory. But our eyes are often drawn to secondary things such as political advantage. Therefore, we need to have a clear view of how important the cross really is. Today, we will learn what God the Father thinks of His Son’s cross.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Mar
16
2020
We need to learn one lesson well. Those who mix the cross and any nation’s flag do a disservice to both. For believers, keeping them distinct is the only way to fulfill our prime mission as ambassadors for Christ to a needy world.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Mar
13
2020
When it comes to being citizens of both heaven and earth, believers running the race of life need to keep first things first. But how do the two kingdoms of church and state relate? Jesus commanded us to give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.   Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Mar
12
2020
The cross of Christ is inherently in conflict with our culture, especially when the media flaunts immorality as normal. Politicians compete for position, while debating issues the Bible settled long ago. Thankfully, the cross can do what politics can’t.   Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Mar
11
2020
Our society is disintegrating and many Christians active in politics find themselves increasingly out of place. That is because the cross of Christ is inherently at odds with the culture. But how should we respond?   Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Mar
10
2020
In the face of God’s abundant mercy to Nineveh, Jonah was angry. So, God illustrated to Jonah, through a plant and a worm, that his anger was selfish and childish. And yet, the book ends with Jonah being confronted, while he is still demanding his “right” to feel comfort.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Mar
9
2020
Jonah finally obeyed God, but he took no joy in the revival following his preaching in Nineveh. His self-focus kept him from seeing the big picture. Instead, he sat down and complained to God. Will we learn from Jonah’s mistakes? Will we stop clinging to our own desires?   Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Mar
6
2020
Some of God’s servants have to go through the school of hard knocks before they learn to obey God from the heart. Jonah finally went to Nineveh, but still with a hard heart. He had no real concern for the people of a great pagan city.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Mar
5
2020
God wants His servants focused on God’s agenda, not their own. It took extraordinary measures to get Jonah back on the road to Nineveh, but he finally went, in body if not in heart. Let’s learn how Jonah’s lessons continued, and the importance for us today.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Mar
4
2020
Ever been at the end of your rope? Jonah was, when he found himself in the belly of a fish. God has amazing ways of getting us to say yes. He arranges conditions so that we will choose to do His will.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Mar
3
2020
When God wants to get the attention of one of His servants, He has many creative options. In the case of Jonah, God took extreme measures. The belly of a great fish is hardly a vacation, and Jonah got the message.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Mar
2
2020
Jonah was determined to avoid doing a distasteful job. He resisted preaching to a pagan city so that they might repent. He would rather hit the road than tell the Ninevites that judgment could be averted. Let’s learn how God blocks Jonah’s escape route.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
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